OPR hike encourages govt to manage spending more prudently
08 May 2023 04:53pm
Commenting on the central bank’s decision to raise the OPR by 25 basis points to 3.0 per cent last week, he said that the OPR hike will increase the cost of loans, thus inadvertently, the government will have to manage its expenditures more efficiently.
Speaking to reporters at the ministry’s Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration here today, Rafizi said that the OPR hike is one of the instruments used to control the cash flow in the economy.
Acknowledging that the OPR hike has an impact on the people’s cost of living, he however said that the move needs to be viewed from a bigger perspective, including in terms of strengthening the national currency.
"If we do not adjust our (OPR) rate according to the world market, it could lead to other effects such as the risk of funds or investment portfolios leaving the country, which will eventually weaken the national currency and reduce investments," he said. -Bernama
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